The head of Alabama’s Department of Early Childhood Education, Barbara Cooper, was removed from her position by Governor Kay Ivey due to concerns over the use of a teacher training book that Ivey criticized for promoting “woke concepts.”
The book in question, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Developmentally Appropriate Practice Book, 4th edition, contained language about inclusion and structural racism that Ivey deemed divisive and inappropriate for a proper education.
“The education of Alabama’s children is my top priority as governor, and there is absolutely no room to distract or take away from this mission,” said Ivey in a statement. “Let me be crystal clear: Woke concepts that have zero to do with a proper education and that are divisive at the core have no place in Alabama classrooms at any age level, let alone with our youngest learners,”
Nationwide conservatives have campaigned against topics they view as “woke” or sympathetic to critical race theory. Many red states have not only banned certain types of training for teachers but even certain books for students. Experts expect the issue to take center stage in the next election.